Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Magical World...

Do you know what taking your kids to Disney is like?  
It's like giving them the American Dream.
I'm serious - it was maybe more of a parental right of passage trip for Ryan and I than it was for them  - Because seeing their little eyes take in the magic around them was magic.  
Saying YES more than "no" or "maybe later" was a little overdue.
Eating all the things and staying up way too late was just the ticket.
I loved watching them on rides.  I adored seeing their faces fill with intensity when they became mini-Jedi's and fought off Darth Vader. 
And sure - the trip started with a bout of Croup for Boone and a delayed take off since we had to stop for some meds - and each of us had our "I'm so tired/hangry moments"... but by and large -- Magic.
Nobody does ambiance like Disney.  Nobody.
And nobody can pile up four little fellers in a tub like the Gardner's can.  Nobody.  :)
 And the beach?  Heaven help us we have four budding beach bums on our hands.  They played for HOURS with nary a thought to time/food/temperature or toys.  The beach was a giant, mysterious jungle gym for them equipped with all things to entice their senses.
Some of us maybe dove in a little too hard at times.  :)
 More to come from our California Adventures.
So grateful for this little family of boys and our big boy who provides all of life's greatest opportunities for us day in and day out.  We are so blessed.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Feeling Parched...

I need to quench my thirst for adventure.
Summer we are SO glad you're here.
We kicked you off with swim lessons and soccer camp the first week.
And a trip to Fish Lake the first weekend.
There is a sense of love and togetherness that is unmatched when we road trip, or picnic, or vacation together.  And these trips, these adventures that afford us time with just the people whom we know as "home" - outside of our normal routine - these are the very best part of life.
These times become the fountain our kids will run to drink from when life leaves them thirsty.  As it will.  Many times over.  Until the grateful rain hits the dry earth and surrounds them in Heavenly smelling soil and sometimes, a beautiful rainbow lit sky.
And they will siphon memories of family and fun when they feel their own well running dry.  So fill it - we will - during these days of childhood summers.
We are T minus ten days before we head out for our family summer vacay.  This past weekend we had the bonus of meeting a few American Heroes and sit in their Blackhawk Chopper.
Their minds were completely blown.
Such a cool little man experience.
I can't wait for all the memories we will log together.

Friday, May 26, 2017

And That's a Wrap...

Just a quick "Hi" at the end of the week and at the end of SCHOOL.  PHEW!
I'm about to host "late nights" for my boys and a friend each.  Which involves pizza, rootbeer, popcorn and theater candy along with a movie and who knows what else.

But - WE DID IT!

Ace Graduated Preschool.
The Boys performed in the school Dance Festival
Ace started Baseball
Kael and Dax wrapped up Baseball
Boone nearly drove me batty at Baseball
And he and his girlfriend ate every crumb in my purse.
Yes, this is what happened at a baseball game when I was taking a picture of his brothers...
Everybody wrapped up school and played like crazy at the neighborhood party
I put together our summer calendar, our summer chore chart, our summer homework plan (pray for me) and I've started drinking.  
Kidding. Kind of. 
But maybe if you have a spare slot in your prayers you can add my name to it?  :)
Just a suggestion.
Happy Summer!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Last night in the dusk of the day, I set out to find my zen by way of the lawn mower.  You guys, I do not kid: I had been hen pecked to nearly an inch of my life and as soon as Ryan showed up with Tacos from the Del for "Taco Tuesday" after another late evening at the ball field, I escaped.
Something about painting those nice straight lines in my yard finds me breathing more deeply and feeling control seep back into my skin.  These May days are no joke.  SO fun to see little programs, and attend award assemblies and listen to songs... and SO long and full of "stuff".
I am so proud of them.  For the way they are growing and learning.  For the "stuff" they're conquering.  But my days are so immersed in the things happening in their lives that sometimes it's hard to find the place where they end and I begin.
Most days I'm so happy about that blurry - busy line.  I am still so aware of all those days I prayed for the things I now have -- For these little handsome gents that make my heart beat wildly.  
But every once in a while, when I have poured all of me into every facet of their day and then I hear them say, "Mom, can we get in the shower with you?  We're cold."  And I find myself in a corner of the shower fighting for a sliver of water stream to rinse my hair....  Whelp, that's when I head out and mow the lawn.  To remind myself that this is a happy season that will be gone all too soon.  That the entanglement of all of us is special and I must lean into it.
Mostly - I just feel lucky.
There isn't a single cell in my body that isn't stamped with love for them.  Overwhelming, joy and happiness that they are mine for the time being... 
I am so lucky that I get to watch them as they wave to me from the auditorium steps.  Or see that medal be hung around their neck as they try unsuccessfully to suppress a proud smile.  Or to witness them coaching and cheering for one another.
It's such a good spot to be in.
We've got another graduate on our hands and a couple who will soon follow in his footsteps.
And guess what?  We done survived half of May already!  :)